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 12th International RSV Symposium  POSTPONED - future dates tbc

ICC Belfast, Northern Ireland  MEETING POSTPONED

RSV2020 will be hosted in Belfast, N.Ireland in an award-winning venue. It follows on the success of RSV2018, and will deliver an equally impressive programme of similar format.

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 5th International NIV Symposium    POSTPONED - future dates tbc


The next meeting in the Neglected Influenza Viruses (NIV) series will explore the latest data on surveillance and disease investigation, virus transmission and control, clinical and experimental virology and emerging issues plus new developments related to swine, equine, canine and other non-human/non-avian influenza viruses. 

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OPTIONS X - Singapore

The 10th edition of the Options for the Control of Influenza conference in Singapore ended on 1 September 2019.

The 11th meeting in the series, OPTIONS XI, will be held in Milan, Italy, 2022.
OPTIONS X Programme

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 OPTIONS X Programme 
Global Influenza Update

An Influenza update from WHO can be found here.

Influenza Vaccine

The recommended composition of influenza virus vaccines for use in the 2020-21 northern hemisphere influenza season can be found here.

Zoonotic Influenza

Antigenic and genetic characteristics of zoonotic influenza viruses and candidate vaccine viruses developed for potential use in human vaccines is here.


Information and links to other sources of information on this evolving situation is available in the news section.


2nd Epidemiology Meeting: Incidence, Severity and Impact of Influenza - Stockholm, 16-18 January 2019
Meeting Report now available
6th AVG Conference: Advances in Respiratory Virus Therapeutics | Washington DC, USA 13-15 November 2018

This conference addressed both pre-clinical and clinical advances in therapeutic and prophylactic agents for influenza, RSV and other respiratory viruses and regulatory issues central to advancing such agents to clinical practice. A report has been published in Antiviral Research with free access till 4th June.Read more

New Special Interest Group is announced - International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Society

In mid-2017, the International Respiratory Syncytial Virus Society (IRSVS) became a special interest group of isirv. The IRSVS is a global independent group of RSV professionals, with members from all continents working on all research fronts. The IRSVS’s goal is to ensure that there is a succession of venues to share scientific information and accelerate the development of strategies to reduce the impact of RSV infection. Read more...

Highlights from Influenza 2018: Centenary of the 1918 Pandemic | 24-26 June at the Crick Institute, London

The greatest public health disaster in recorded history, the Spanish Flu, began in springtime of 1918 and developed within a few months into a global pandemic with an estimated 50-100 million deaths. By its end, the pandemic had caused a reduction of life expectancy in the US by 12 years, and killed more people than died in the First World War. Read more...

Immunological Assays and Correlates of Protection for Next Generation Influenza Vaccines: 31 March - 2 April 2019, Siena, Italy

This conference addressed new immunological assays and immune correlates of protection needed to estimate the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of next generation influenza vaccines currently being developed.Visit the website  

2nd Epidemiology meeting: Incidence, Severity and Impact of Influenza 16-18 January 2019, Stockholm

Final Programme here. See Meeting report

The ISIRV Journal, Influenza and other Respiratory Viruses, is now published in an online only format. No printed issue will be produced but authors will still be able to order offprints of their own articles. ISIRV members will receive a 10% discount for articles submitted.

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